For decades, Pikes Peak Road Runners has organized "the coolest race in town," a four-part Winter Series that tests endurance, tones muscles and provides the incentive to get out in the cold.

The series began in 1979 as the Black Forest Series with all four races on the dirt roads surrounding the town of Black Forest. Old-timers will remember some pretty wicked weather in those days, including sub-zero starts. Over time, it became the Winter Series and has been altered to include new courses.

Three races remain in this year's series. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Winter Series II, which has 4- and 8-mile options, will be run Jan. 25 at the Norris Penrose Event Center on Lower Gold Camp Road. Both routes utilize trails in Bear Creek Park while the long course includes a stint on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.

Event director John Gardner said the course has been moved to the new location as a result of trail washouts from last year's flooding. He says the new course will prove to be more challenging.

Get involved with PPRR

If pizza, refreshments and hanging out with PPPR board members and race directors sound like fun, how about helping out with the monthly newsletter? This month's meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Plaza of the Rockies.

Additional events

- Chilly Cheeks Duathlon and Four Mile Race Series No. 2, 10 a.m. Saturday, Cherry Creek State Park in Denver

- Frosty's Frozen Five & Ten, 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Hudson Gardens in Littleton

Steve Krull,